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Sunday at midnight, the city's contract expired with the Cedar Bend Humane Society for animal control services. On Monday, city council members will vote on a proposal to end the agreement with the Humane Society.
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Animal control duties in Waterloo may change starting Monday.
Sunday at midnight, the city's contract expired with the Cedar Bend Humane Society for animal control services.
On Monday, city council members will vote on a proposal to end the agreement with the Humane Society.
The organization has handled animal control services for the city of Waterloo since 1996. In an effort to save money, last year the city decided to take over some of the responsibilities, including stray animal pick-up and after-hours emergency calls.
"We're hearing one story from some of the folks at the city, and they may not be completely happy with the service they've been getting from the Humane Society," said Steve Schmitt, at-large Waterloo city councilman. "And then we're hearing from the other side saying, 'Gee, that's the Humane Society's mission, and those are the people that that's kind of what they're all about is taking care of animals.'"
Schmitt says he isn't too keen on the city taking over animal control services, but Mayor Buck Clark says he thinks the city is ready to take over.
"We would provide all animal control efforts from picking up strays to picking up dead animals to handling bite cases to issuing licenses. We are even contemplating doing a microchip implantment for animals," said Clark.
Right now the city's animal control operation is housed at the Waste Management Center. If the city takes over animal control operations, they plan to move it to the central station on Black Hawk Street.
"The building they're talking about taking them to may be large enough (on) day one, but I don't know if it would be large enough six months down the road," said Schmitt.
Schmitt also questions if the building is up to code to house the animals.
But Clark said he is interested in saving the city money. He says they could save $20,000 by cutting ties with the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
"It's not about what they're doing versus what we're doing, or what one's doing and what the other one is not doing," Clark said. "It's about me trying to put forth a project that I believe will be a good product at a cheaper rate than what we're paying now."
There's a possibility the council could decide on a temporary six-month deal with the Humane Society while the issues get ironed out.
Humane society leaders told KWWL they would not comment on the issue until after Monday night's city council meeting.
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